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ENT surgeons get training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Under the first phase of a pilot project of the national programme for prevention and control of deafness, ENT surgeons and audiologist-cum-speech therapists were given training by professor and head of the department of ENT, GMCH, Sector 32, Dr Arjun Dass, today.

Home Secretary Krishna Mohan said the city was the only Union Territory in the country to start the pilot project of the programme.

Hearing loss was the most common sensory deficit in human body today, he said.

Dr Dass said 50 per cent of the causes of hearing impairment were preventable and a large percentage of cases were treatable by surgical methods, while other patients could be rehabilitated with the use of hearing aids, speech and hearing therapy.

It strongly indicated the need for strengthening ear and hearing care services, he added.



SJOBA rally gets on road today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
As many as 55 participants will take part in the 20th Annual SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Open Rally which will be flagged off tomorrow at 7 am from St John’s High School, Sector 26, here.

In the Challenge Championship of the two-day rally, a total of 17 four-wheelers will compete while 22 entries have been received in the mobike category.

A feature, which is being added to the rally this year, is the introduction of time, speed and distance format. In this format, which is only for 4 wheelers, 11 entries have been received.

The four-time SJOBA rally winner Sunny Sidhu, Raid-de-Himalayas rally champ Suresh Rana and Khushwant Randhawa, the winner of Desert Storm rally, will be seen in action during the rally.

Participants will have to display their driving skills as well as endurance on a challenging river beds (both dry and wet), muddy and uneven surfaces and exhilarating hilly terrain in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

The route: Leg 1: St John's - Mallah - Bhojnagar - Jaihar - Narag - Ashwanikhad - Jhajha - Chail - Chalada - Koti Village - Baikalti - Mashobra - Koti Resort.

Leg 2: Koti Resorts - Banautighat - Kunihar - Mamlig - Vaknaghat Turn - Vaknaghat Marg - Subathu - Timber Trail - Parwanoo - Bhojnagar - Chakki Ka Mor - St John's.



Raring to go at 67
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Sixty-seven years versus 18 - this will perhaps be the most interesting statistic to watch out for at the annual SJOBA motor rally, which kicks off tomorrow from St John’s school, Sector 26, here.

Pitted against one another at the yearly motoring event will be Mukhtiar Singh (67) and Ankit Gupta (18). And, if you thought they would slug it out in their cars, you are mistaken. For here are our new-age enthusiasts, who prefer “gritty” power bikes over glamorous rally cars.

Mukhtiar Singh, who has been riding his favourite bike Bullet for the last 46 years, will compete in the motor cycle category. His motive is not to win prizes but to motivate youngsters and enjoy the scenic beauty along the way.

“I feel happy when my fellow participants are filled with enthusiasm and energy on watching me participate,” he said.

“Riding bikes at high speed on difficult hilly and muddy tracks is not difficult for me. I used to travel all over on my bike. Those were the heydays,” said Mukhtiar, who is still as fit as a fiddle. He participated in the rally in 2002 for the first time.

“Earlier, I liked to accompany rallyists but in 2002, I was persuaded by a renowned rallyist Shashi Pal Garcha to participate in the affair instead of being merely a spectator.”

“In 2002 and 2005, I participated in SJOBA rallies in the motor cycle category,” said Mukhtiar Singh, who was a contractor by profession.

To participate in the rally, Mukhtiar Singh has borrowed a motor cycle from his mechanic. “My bike was stolen three years back so my mechanic loaned me his bike,” said Mukhtiar Singh.



BSNL team enter quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
A goal at the fag-end by Sunil Yadav enabled Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Football Club to beat Crazy Football Club, Sector 41, 2-1 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Chandigarh Football Championship for the Chaudhary Jarnail Singh Trophy at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, here today.

In another match, Panjab University Campus Football Club (PUCFC) got the better of Punjab Engineering College Football Club (PECFC) on penalties with an aggregate margin of 6-4 after the teams shared two goals in the regulation period.

In the tie-breaker, PUCFC converted all five spot kicks through Sandeep Senior, Surjit, Lakh Raj, Sandeep Junior and Sewa Singh.

For PECFC, only Ajit Pal, Manoj and Varinder Singh converted their spot kicks. Jaspreet's penalty was collected by PUCFC goalkeeper Dinesh. As PUCFC had taken an unassailable lead, PECFC were not required to take their fifth penalty.

In another match, Uttarakhand Football Club lost to seasoned campaigners Youngsters Football Club 1-2. After remaining goalless in the first session, Youngsters Club reorganised their game on resumption. They drew first blood in the 47th minute when L. Kamei converted a measured pass from Varinder Kanwar.

Four minutes later, Varinder Kanwar's long ranger from 23 yards got his team their second goal. Despite being two goals down, Uttarakhand Club scored a goal in the 53rd minute.

Tomorrow's fixtures (quarterfinals): Chandigarh Football Club vs Young Football Club (11 am); Maruti FC vs Golden FC (12.30 pm); Chandigarh police FC vs PUCFC (2 pm); BSNL FC vs Youngsters FC (3.30 pm).



Balwinder takes slender lead
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 23
Twentyfive-year-old Balwinder Mattu of PAP, Jalandhar, sank two birdies on the back nine to take a two-stroke lead on the opening day of the Punjab State Golf Championship for the Trident Cup on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Balwinder, who was part of the PGA team to Pakistan recently, returned a one-over card of 73. Just two strokes behind the leader was Chandigarh's Harjinder Singh Kang, followed by Balbir Singh (76) and S.M. Puri (77).

Balwinder started badly losing a stroke on the sixth hole and double-bogeying on the ninth when he landed in the bunker twice. He was three-over after the first nine. Harjinder, on the hand started, with a birdie on the fourth hole. But he lost a stroke on the ninth to finish nine holes on par.

But Balwinder, the Punjab police constable, who is placed 13th in the Indian amateur merit list, struck a purple patch sinking birdies on the 10th and 13th holes to finish the day at one-over 73. In his stride, he also clinched the longest drive prize, hitting 375 yards on the 16th hole.

Harjinder continued his par game till the 15th hole. But this was as far as he could get. Three consecutive birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes saw him finishing at three over 75.

With one more day to go, the hunt for the title remains wide open with four competitors placed within four strokes of each other.

In the 50-60 age-group, Brig H.S.Gill played the best 10-over gross card while J.S. Judge clinched the nett title with a card of 66.

Playing nine holes in the above-70 age-group, Brig K.S. Sandhu returned the best gross card of 40. The nett best 18 was by Brig W.S. Chaudhry.

Earlier, the Golf Club course captain Bobby Sandhu took the ceremonial tee shot paving the way for the 180 golfers from all over Punjab to take to the greens for the two-day PGA competition.

The scores:

Open: Balwinder Sandhu 73, Harjinder Singh Kang 75, Balbir Singh 76, S.M. Puri 77.

50-60 age-group: Gross - Brig H.S. Gill 82, Nett - J.S. Judge 66.

Above 70 years: Gross - Brig K.S. Sandhu 40, Nett - Brig W.S. Chaudhry.



Badali’s bulls rise to the occasion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Jasbir Singh Badali won the first place in the bull cart race in the 19th international kabaddi cup and bull cart races held at Boormajra village, about 25 kms from here today.

The sports fair has been organised by Shaheed Captain Surjit Singh and Gurdip Singh Youth Welfare Club and panchayat, Boormajra village.

This three-day international kabaddi cup tournament is dedicated to the memory of Bhagat Singh. The mela was inaugurated by Planning Board member Bant Singh Kallaran.

Today, kabaddi matches of different weight categories were played followed by the bull-cart races.

The results:

Kabaddi 32 kg: 1 Paprali village, 2 Sandhuan village; Kabaddi 37 kg: 1 Katlor village, 2 Balo majra village; Kabaddi 40 kg: 1 Boor Majra village, 2 Suhana village

Bull cart races (6-acre land): 1 Jasbir Singh Badali, 2 Gurmukh Singh, 3 Avtar Singh Ram Garh, 4 Niranjan Singh Gosal, 5 Ajay Rana Jolly.



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